Ellen C. Klages, homemaker, dies

She had earlier worked in the registrar's office at Hopkins

  • Ellen Klages
Ellen Klages
August 01, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Ellen C. Klages, a homemaker who earlier had worked in the registrar's office at the Johns Hopkins University, died July 21 of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care.

The Kingsville resident was 92.

Ellen Cook, the daughter of a Hochschild Kohn department store sales clerk and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised on Lafayette Avenue near Broadway.

After graduating in 1937 from the old Eastern High School on East North Avenue, Mrs. Klages worked at Morgan Millwork and then the old General Motors plant on Broening Highway.

She was married in 1940 to Henry Schuppner, who had been secretary to J.W. Phipps Jr., a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad executive.

After the war, the couple settled in old Original Northwood. In 1958, Mrs. Klages went to work as a sales associate for the Hecht Co.

Mr. Schuppner died in 1962.

From 1960 to 1966, Mrs. Klages worked in the registrar's office on the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University.

She was married in 1964 to Harry Klages, who owned Cathell Bros. & Co. Inc., a steel fabricating plant at Fort Avenue and Lawrence Street in Locust Point.

In 1975, the couple moved to Chester, where they became active members of Kent Island United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Klages was active in the Women's Circle and helped establish the Love Fund, which helped the needy with various financial necessities.

In 2004, she and her husband moved to Kingsville to a house they built next door to her daughter.

She was an avid reader, gardener and flower arranger.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Kent Island United Methodist Church, 2739 Cox Neck Road, Chester.

In addition to her husband of 47 years, Mrs. Klages is survived by her daughter, Carol Sanders of Kingsville; two grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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